National Adoption Weekend Could Help Pets Find Homes

The Oconee County Animal Services shelter says it’s full of pets in need of a home, and you can help. The shelter is partnering with the Athens Area Humane Society, Athens Clarke-County Animal Control and PetSmart Charities to host National Adoption Weekend this Friday through Sunday.  You can visit the PetSmart on the Oconee Connector…

BREAKING: Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Resigns

BREAKING NEWS: Athens-Clarke County Police Chief R. Scott Freeman resigned Thursday evening, according to a press release from Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. Chief Freeman had served the ACC Police Department since June 2015. Blaine Williams, the ACC Unified Government manager, said in a statement, “(Chief Freeman) has helped lead the Police Department during a number…

Eyes On Waffle House As Hurricane Florence Approaches

ATHENS, GA — As the first effects of Hurricane Florence are felt along the East Coast, it isn’t clear whether or not Waffle House will shut down restaurantss in the storm’s path. A local Waffle House employee told us the restaurants try to stay open in “rain, sleet, snow, and hail.”  And officials with the…

Georgia Bulldogs vs. MTSU Moved to Noon Due to Hurricane

BREAKING NEWS:  Kickoff for the Georgia Bulldogs vs Middle Tennessee State football game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to noon, according to a press release from UGA Athletics. The decision is due to Hurricane Florence. UGAAthletics tweeted “After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all…

Hurricane Florence Evacuees Can Find Shelter Just Outside Athens

Hurricane evacuees are finding shelter just outside of Athens. Fort Yargo State Park is one of many state parks accepting evacuees and their pets. Julia Autry, the park manager, said they are expecting evacuees to begin arriving as the hurricane heads closer to land. Explore Georgia, which promotoes tourism, tweeted Tuesday that sites are still available for…

Hurricane Florence Affects Week 3 of College Football

Hurricane Florence has caused some week three College Football games to be relocated or canceled. As the Category 3 storm bears down on Virginia and the Carolinas, several university athletic departments and football teams took to Twitter to announce cancelations to fans. University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said that he does not think the…

Athens Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gay Pride

Gay pride hit the two decade mark this weekend in Athens. This meant not only the usual excitement, but a bigger festival than ever before. Athens Gay Pride board member Kellie Devine said this was the largest turnout for both vendors and attendees in 20 years. Attendees could not turn a corner without seeing more…

Oconee County Remembers 9/11 with Flag Display

If you drive by North Oconee High School this week, you will see a field of flags. Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. To remember this day, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at North Oconee High School wanted to bring the community together. More than 100 volunteers planted 2,977 American…

Athens Rap Community Reflects on Mac Miller

By Ross Crowell The Athens rap community remembers Mac Miller for his style and business strategy, as the rapper died last week in Los Angeles from an apparent drug overdose. “I was surprised at how many people were so hurt by Mac Miller’s death,” said Athens-based rapper Will Rittmeyer, whose stage name is Witt The…